Chatham University

Counseling Psychology (PsyD) Curriculum

Chatham University's Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (PsyD) is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The PsyD in Counseling Psychology program prepares future psychologists to be globally-conscious and environmentally-aware agents of change with individuals and systems, promoting sustainable health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. The Chatham PsyD is distinctive for its focus on promoting sustainable health and well-being, focusing on individuals, families, and communities, informed by the science of psychology. A hallmark of the Chatham PsyD program is its recognition of the complex relationship between the well-being of individuals and the diverse environments touching their lives – families, schools, workplaces, communities, the natural world, and even national and global conditions.

The PsyD Program requires a minimum of 85 total semester hours, including 70 semester hours of coursework, 12 semester hours of practicum, and 3 semester hours of pre-doctoral internship.

*Course sequencing may change to be in compliance with changing accreditation requirements. Students in the program will be notified promptly of any changes.

Program Requirements

+Year One

PSY708 Cognitive & Affective Bases of Behavior

The course addresses empirically supported theories of Cognition and Affect and their influence on human behavior. Cognitive understanding of how humans learn, process and retain information and its role inhuman activities will be examined. Affect will be examined through review of early attachment relationships, emotional regulation, and social-emotional processes.

3
PSY709 Intellectual Assessment

The course prepares students to administer tests of cognitive functions. Students will examine theory and clinical assessment of cognitive functioning including basic psychometric principles. Practical experiences are offered in test administration, scoring, interpretation, and professional report writing.

3
PSY711 Multicultural & Diversity Issues in Counseling Psych

The course provides an in-depth exploration of cultural differences as they impact the counseling relationship. Identity development theory will be examined, as will multicultural research methods and findings. Finally, the significance of both between-group and within-group differences will be explored for their relative influence on the process of therapeutic change.

3
PSY810 Advanced Data Analysis

This course introduces advanced concepts in data analysis, with an emphasis on ensuring that students are capable of designing research studies and selecting and implementing appropriate methods of data analysis. Students will work on their dissertation proposals in this course. Prerequisite(s): PSY712

4
PSY715 Ethical Issues in Counseling Psychology

This course will focus on providing students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to perform ethical practice with clients across the full dimension of human experience, using the APA Ethics Guidelines as a foundation.

3
PSY741 Pre-Practicum

This course prepares students, and is a pre-requisite, for field placements in settings that provide psychological services. The course reviews the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual and emphasizes integration of basic assessment and intervention activities, as well as ethical and professional issues in psychology.

3
PSY746 Practicum I

This course is a field placement in which students obtain training in psychological service provision. They work directly under the supervision of a qualified professional and obtain experience interviewing clients and conducting sessions in group and individual formats for 300 hours on site in addition to participating in the weekly group supervision class. Additional fee(s): Clinical fee.

3
PSY750A Practicum II

This course is the second field placement in which students obtain training in psychological service provision. They work directly under the supervision of a qualified professional and obtain experience interviewing clients and conducting sessions in group and individual formats for 75-149 hours/term in addition to participating in the weekly group supervision class.

1
OR
PSY749 Practicum II

This course is the second field placement in which students obtain training in psychological service provision. They work directly under the supervision of a qualified professional and obtain experience interviewing clients and conducting sessions in group and individual formats for 150 hours/term in addition to participating in the weekly group supervision class.

2
OR
PSY747 Practicum II

This course is the second field placement in which students obtain training in psychological service provision. They work directly under the supervision of a qualified professional and obtain experience interviewing clients and conducting sessions in group and individual formats for 300 hours/term in addition to participating in the weekly group supervision class. Additional fee(s): Clinical fee.

3
PSY804 Vocational Issues in Counseling Psychology

Theories of vocational choice as well as career decision making, planning and lifelong career development will be addressed. Current issues in field of vocational counseling will be integrated with well-established theories and methods of vocational assessment.

3
PSY814 Psychopathology, Resilience, and Evidence-Based Practice

The course addresses theories and research related to psychopathology, as well as the strength-based perspective in counseling psychology. Major approaches to understanding adaptive and maladaptive behavior of individuals, such as psychoanalytic, humanistic, social constructivist, systemic, and social learning, will be discussed.

3

+Year Two

PSY708 Cognitive & Affective Bases of Behavior

The course addresses empirically supported theories of Cognition and Affect and their influence on human behavior. Cognitive understanding of how humans learn, process and retain information and its role inhuman activities will be examined. Affect will be examined through review of early attachment relationships, emotional regulation, and social-emotional processes.

3
PSY709 Intellectual Assessment

The course prepares students to administer tests of cognitive functions. Students will examine theory and clinical assessment of cognitive functioning including basic psychometric principles. Practical experiences are offered in test administration, scoring, interpretation, and professional report writing.

3
PSY711 Multicultural & Diversity Issues in Counseling Psych

The course provides an in-depth exploration of cultural differences as they impact the counseling relationship. Identity development theory will be examined, as will multicultural research methods and findings. Finally, the significance of both between-group and within-group differences will be explored for their relative influence on the process of therapeutic change.

3
PSY810 Advanced Data Analysis

This course introduces advanced concepts in data analysis, with an emphasis on ensuring that students are capable of designing research studies and selecting and implementing appropriate methods of data analysis. Students will work on their dissertation proposals in this course. Prerequisite(s): PSY712

4
PSY715 Ethical Issues in Counseling Psychology

This course will focus on providing students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to perform ethical practice with clients across the full dimension of human experience, using the APA Ethics Guidelines as a foundation.

3
PSY741 Pre-Practicum

This course prepares students, and is a pre-requisite, for field placements in settings that provide psychological services. The course reviews the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual and emphasizes integration of basic assessment and intervention activities, as well as ethical and professional issues in psychology.

3
PSY746 Practicum I

This course is a field placement in which students obtain training in psychological service provision. They work directly under the supervision of a qualified professional and obtain experience interviewing clients and conducting sessions in group and individual formats for 300 hours on site in addition to participating in the weekly group supervision class. Additional fee(s): Clinical fee.

3
PSY750A Practicum II

This course is the second field placement in which students obtain training in psychological service provision. They work directly under the supervision of a qualified professional and obtain experience interviewing clients and conducting sessions in group and individual formats for 75-149 hours/term in addition to participating in the weekly group supervision class.

1
OR
PSY749 Practicum II

This course is the second field placement in which students obtain training in psychological service provision. They work directly under the supervision of a qualified professional and obtain experience interviewing clients and conducting sessions in group and individual formats for 150 hours/term in addition to participating in the weekly group supervision class.

2
OR
PSY747 Practicum II

This course is the second field placement in which students obtain training in psychological service provision. They work directly under the supervision of a qualified professional and obtain experience interviewing clients and conducting sessions in group and individual formats for 300 hours/term in addition to participating in the weekly group supervision class. Additional fee(s): Clinical fee.

3
PSY804 Vocational Issues in Counseling Psychology

Theories of vocational choice as well as career decision making, planning and lifelong career development will be addressed. Current issues in field of vocational counseling will be integrated with well-established theories and methods of vocational assessment.

3
PSY814 Psychopathology, Resilience, and Evidence-Based Practice

The course addresses theories and research related to psychopathology, as well as the strength-based perspective in counseling psychology. Major approaches to understanding adaptive and maladaptive behavior of individuals, such as psychoanalytic, humanistic, social constructivist, systemic, and social learning, will be discussed.

3

+Year Three

PSY708 Cognitive & Affective Bases of Behavior

The course addresses empirically supported theories of Cognition and Affect and their influence on human behavior. Cognitive understanding of how humans learn, process and retain information and its role inhuman activities will be examined. Affect will be examined through review of early attachment relationships, emotional regulation, and social-emotional processes.

3
PSY709 Intellectual Assessment

The course prepares students to administer tests of cognitive functions. Students will examine theory and clinical assessment of cognitive functioning including basic psychometric principles. Practical experiences are offered in test administration, scoring, interpretation, and professional report writing.

3
PSY711 Multicultural & Diversity Issues in Counseling Psych

The course provides an in-depth exploration of cultural differences as they impact the counseling relationship. Identity development theory will be examined, as will multicultural research methods and findings. Finally, the significance of both between-group and within-group differences will be explored for their relative influence on the process of therapeutic change.

3
PSY810 Advanced Data Analysis

This course introduces advanced concepts in data analysis, with an emphasis on ensuring that students are capable of designing research studies and selecting and implementing appropriate methods of data analysis. Students will work on their dissertation proposals in this course. Prerequisite(s): PSY712

4
PSY715 Ethical Issues in Counseling Psychology

This course will focus on providing students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to perform ethical practice with clients across the full dimension of human experience, using the APA Ethics Guidelines as a foundation.

3
PSY741 Pre-Practicum

This course prepares students, and is a pre-requisite, for field placements in settings that provide psychological services. The course reviews the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual and emphasizes integration of basic assessment and intervention activities, as well as ethical and professional issues in psychology.

3
PSY746 Practicum I

This course is a field placement in which students obtain training in psychological service provision. They work directly under the supervision of a qualified professional and obtain experience interviewing clients and conducting sessions in group and individual formats for 300 hours on site in addition to participating in the weekly group supervision class. Additional fee(s): Clinical fee.

3
PSY750A Practicum II

This course is the second field placement in which students obtain training in psychological service provision. They work directly under the supervision of a qualified professional and obtain experience interviewing clients and conducting sessions in group and individual formats for 75-149 hours/term in addition to participating in the weekly group supervision class.

1
OR
PSY749 Practicum II

This course is the second field placement in which students obtain training in psychological service provision. They work directly under the supervision of a qualified professional and obtain experience interviewing clients and conducting sessions in group and individual formats for 150 hours/term in addition to participating in the weekly group supervision class.

2
OR
PSY747 Practicum II

This course is the second field placement in which students obtain training in psychological service provision. They work directly under the supervision of a qualified professional and obtain experience interviewing clients and conducting sessions in group and individual formats for 300 hours/term in addition to participating in the weekly group supervision class. Additional fee(s): Clinical fee.

3
PSY804 Vocational Issues in Counseling Psychology

Theories of vocational choice as well as career decision making, planning and lifelong career development will be addressed. Current issues in field of vocational counseling will be integrated with well-established theories and methods of vocational assessment.

3
PSY814 Psychopathology, Resilience, and Evidence-Based Practice

The course addresses theories and research related to psychopathology, as well as the strength-based perspective in counseling psychology. Major approaches to understanding adaptive and maladaptive behavior of individuals, such as psychoanalytic, humanistic, social constructivist, systemic, and social learning, will be discussed.

3

+Year Four

PSY708 Cognitive & Affective Bases of Behavior

The course addresses empirically supported theories of Cognition and Affect and their influence on human behavior. Cognitive understanding of how humans learn, process and retain information and its role inhuman activities will be examined. Affect will be examined through review of early attachment relationships, emotional regulation, and social-emotional processes.

3
PSY709 Intellectual Assessment

The course prepares students to administer tests of cognitive functions. Students will examine theory and clinical assessment of cognitive functioning including basic psychometric principles. Practical experiences are offered in test administration, scoring, interpretation, and professional report writing.

3
PSY711 Multicultural & Diversity Issues in Counseling Psych

The course provides an in-depth exploration of cultural differences as they impact the counseling relationship. Identity development theory will be examined, as will multicultural research methods and findings. Finally, the significance of both between-group and within-group differences will be explored for their relative influence on the process of therapeutic change.

3
PSY810 Advanced Data Analysis

This course introduces advanced concepts in data analysis, with an emphasis on ensuring that students are capable of designing research studies and selecting and implementing appropriate methods of data analysis. Students will work on their dissertation proposals in this course. Prerequisite(s): PSY712

4
PSY715 Ethical Issues in Counseling Psychology

This course will focus on providing students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to perform ethical practice with clients across the full dimension of human experience, using the APA Ethics Guidelines as a foundation.

3
PSY741 Pre-Practicum

This course prepares students, and is a pre-requisite, for field placements in settings that provide psychological services. The course reviews the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual and emphasizes integration of basic assessment and intervention activities, as well as ethical and professional issues in psychology.

3
PSY746 Practicum I

This course is a field placement in which students obtain training in psychological service provision. They work directly under the supervision of a qualified professional and obtain experience interviewing clients and conducting sessions in group and individual formats for 300 hours on site in addition to participating in the weekly group supervision class. Additional fee(s): Clinical fee.

3
PSY750A Practicum II

This course is the second field placement in which students obtain training in psychological service provision. They work directly under the supervision of a qualified professional and obtain experience interviewing clients and conducting sessions in group and individual formats for 75-149 hours/term in addition to participating in the weekly group supervision class.

1
OR
PSY749 Practicum II

This course is the second field placement in which students obtain training in psychological service provision. They work directly under the supervision of a qualified professional and obtain experience interviewing clients and conducting sessions in group and individual formats for 150 hours/term in addition to participating in the weekly group supervision class.

2
OR
PSY747 Practicum II

This course is the second field placement in which students obtain training in psychological service provision. They work directly under the supervision of a qualified professional and obtain experience interviewing clients and conducting sessions in group and individual formats for 300 hours/term in addition to participating in the weekly group supervision class. Additional fee(s): Clinical fee.

3
PSY804 Vocational Issues in Counseling Psychology

Theories of vocational choice as well as career decision making, planning and lifelong career development will be addressed. Current issues in field of vocational counseling will be integrated with well-established theories and methods of vocational assessment.

3
PSY814 Psychopathology, Resilience, and Evidence-Based Practice

The course addresses theories and research related to psychopathology, as well as the strength-based perspective in counseling psychology. Major approaches to understanding adaptive and maladaptive behavior of individuals, such as psychoanalytic, humanistic, social constructivist, systemic, and social learning, will be discussed.

3